Shooting: China and South Korea Win Big at 1st Pistol and Rifle World Cup

China and South Korea won five quotas a piece at the third shooting World Cup, the first for rifle and pistol events. The event was held in Chongwon, South Korea from April 8th to 16th 2015. In total 24 quotas were up for grabs across the 10 events; 3 quotas for the air pistol and air rifle events and 2 for the other six.

The men’s 10m air rifle was won by Hungary’s Peter Sidi with a score of 208.2. While Yang Haoran and Zhu Qinan of China finished second and third respectively they were not given a quota because China has already qualified two quotas in this event. Therefore the other two quotas went to Kim Sang Do of South Korea and Nicolas Schallenberger of Germany whom finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Asia again has shown its strength in the men’s 50m pistol event where Zhang Bowen won the event giving China its second quota in the event. South Korea’s Park Daehun won the other quota by finishing in second. Currently 6 out of the 7 known quota places have been given to Asian countries.

While Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia won the women’s 10m air rifle event she did not gain an Olympic quota because she has already won a quota in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event. Instead the three quota places went to athletes finishing second to fourth, namely Ivana Maksimovic of Serbia, Apurvi Chandela of India and Michaela Arvidsson of Sweden.

The women’s 25m pistol has a different format relative to the other pistol and rifle events where like in the shotgun events there is a semifinal and a head to head final. In the end it was 2008 Olympic silver medalist Otryadyn Gundegmaa of Mongolia that won the event over China’s Lin Yuemei with a score of 7-3. By virtue of reaching the finals both athletes qualify a quota for their nation.

In the men’s 50m rifle prone it was multi-Olympic medalist Matthew Emmons from the United States that won the event and secured an Olympic quota. The second quota went to South Korea’s Kim Hakman whom despite his slow start was able to grab second place.

Jin Jong-oh of South Korea set a new finals world record in the men’s 10m air pistol event with a score of 206.0. However, because Jin Jong-oh already qualified in the men’s 50m pistol he was not given one of the three quotas. In fact you would have to go to sixth place before you could award all of the quotas since both Jitu Rai of India and Hoang Xuan Vinh of Vietnam also qualified previously in the 50m pistol. The quotas went to second place Naung Ye Tun of Myanmar, Serbia’s Dimitrije Grgic and Leonid Ekimov of Russia.

Another finals world record was set in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions where Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia reached a score of 463.0. However she did not get a quota because she already qualified to this event back at the world championships. Second place Petra Zublasing of Italy also did not gain a quota because she already qualified in the women’s 10m air rifle. The two quota places went to Germany’s Selina Gschwandtner whom finished in third and Zhao Huxin of China.

The women’s 10m air pistol was won by Liubov Yaskevich of Russia with a score of198.3. The other two quotas went to Zhang Mengxue of China and Kwak Jung Hye of South Korea whom finished 0.1 ahead of Anna Korakaki of Greece to take the last spot.

In the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol it was France’s Jean Quiquampoix that won the event and secured the first quota place. The second quota place went to third place finisher Song Jong-ho of South Korea because second place Oliver Geis had already secured his spot during the World Championships.

The final event of the world cup was the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions. The winner was China’s Hui Zicheng while Matthew Emmons from the United States and Han Jinseop of South Korea finished second and third respectively. However because both of those athletes already qualified a quota the final quota went to fourth place Ole Bryhn of Norway.

After this world cup China now leads all nations in the overall quotas with 16 while South Korea has moved up to third with 10. Overall this is good news for Asian nations as it makes things easier for them to qualify at the Asian qualifiers. The next pistol and rifle World Cup will be held next month in the United States where the host nation could be in line for a big performance as they only have 3 quotas in pistol and rifle events.

Quotas by Nation

  • China – 5
  • South Korea – 5
  • Germany – 2
  • Russia – 2
  • Serbia – 2
  • France – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • India – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • Myanmar – 1
  • Norway – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • United States – 1

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